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Ford said on Monday it had started negotiations with German worker representatives about potential job cuts at its Saarlouis plant following a decision to discontinue production of its Ford C-Max model.

"We can confirm that we are entering into formal negotiations with our Works Council with the objective of ending production of C-Max/Grand C-Max at Saarlouis," Ford said in a statement.

"As we continue to match production to consumer demand, the consultation process also will include necessary adjustments to the workforce at Saarlouis."

Saarlouis employs more than 6,190 staff, but the van segment is shrinking and tougher emissions rules will require costly investments.


"Keeping the vehicle compliant with all regulatory obligations would require a very high level of investment for this model," Ford said.

Ford cancellerà in Europa le 2 C-Max, altri tagli saranno annunciati a breve.


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MessaggioInviato: mer gen 09, 2019 8:04 pm 
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volk ... SKCN1P3204

Martedì Ford e Vw annunceranno l’alleanza al salone di Detroit


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MessaggioInviato: lun gen 14, 2019 11:03 am 
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Questo grafico mostra l´andamento di Ford Europe negli ultimi anni, praticamente non hanno mai realizzato profitti nonostante ben 3 ristrutturazioni dal 2012 al 2018 adesso arrivera´la quarta che sara´brutale. Non capisco come a Detroit (il discorso vale anche per GM-Opel) non si rendano conto che la strategia di brevissimo respiro non ha portato a null´altro che un ulteriore indebolimento del marchio.

Non tutti possono fare come Vw che permette ai propri marchi di rimanere in passivo (Seat esempio classico), continuano ad investirci e poi ne ricavano i frutti. Eppure il continuo taglio dei costi sottoforma di licenziamenti, riduzione degli investimenti, gamma sempre piu´striminzita non ha portato bene.

I dettagli della ristrutturazione in Europa sono stati appena abbozzati ma si parla dell´abbandono del mercato russo, spostamento della produzione della Fiesta dalla Germania alla Romania, chiusura dei 2 implianti di motori in Gran Bretagna, licenziamenti a Saarlouis e a Valencia.
In piu´l´alleanza con Vw dovrebbe permettere a Ford di vendere veicoli elettrici basati sul pinalae MEB.


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MessaggioInviato: mar gen 15, 2019 10:42 am 
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Non avevano chiuso anche uno stabilimento produttivo da poco?

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Sai che cosa diceva quel tale? In Italia sotto i Borgia, per trent'anni, hanno avuto assassinii, guerre, terrore e massacri, ma hanno prodotto Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci e il Rinascimento. In Svizzera hanno avuto amore fraterno, cinquecento anni di pace e democrazia, e che cos' hanno prodotto? Gli orologi a cucù.( O.Welles)


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MessaggioInviato: mar gen 15, 2019 10:44 am 
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Dannatio ha scritto:
Non avevano chiuso anche uno stabilimento produttivo da poco?



Genk in Belgio nel 2013. Non è bastato. Ovvio poi si sono comprato una fabbrica ex Daewoo in Romania che non viene sfruttata adeguatamente. In Russia stanno pensando di ritirarsi.


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Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Tuesday they will join forces on commercial vans and pickups and are exploring joint development of electric and self-driving technology, actions meant to save the automakers billions of dollars.


Ford and VW announced their partnership against the backdrop of the Detroit auto show. The tie-up, which starts with sales of vans and medium-sized pickups in 2022, will not involve a merger or equity stakes, the companies said.

“It is no secret that our industry is undergoing fundamental change, resulting from widespread electrification, ever stricter emission regulation, digitization, the shift towards autonomous driving, and not least the changing customer preferences,” Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess told reporters and analysts on a conference call.

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“Carmakers around the globe therefore are investing heavily to align their portfolios to future needs and accelerate their innovation cycles,” he added. “In such an environment, it just makes sense to share investment.”

A deal centered around vans and pickups had been expected. Investors are now focused on the potential for additional deals they believe could offer greater savings. Those include potential deals around development of electric or self-driving vehicles, as well as combining forces in markets including North America, South America, Europe or China.

The two CEOs did not discuss in detail alliances in specific markets including Latin America, where Ford is losing money.

The President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Jim Hackett, shakes hands with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Klayman
The expanding alliance, which will be governed by a joint committee that includes the CEOs of both companies, highlights the growing pressure on global automakers to manage the costs of developing electric and self-driving vehicles, as well as technology to meet tougher emissions standards for millions of internal combustion vehicles they will sell in coming years.

“You can’t do this alone,” Ford’s chief executive, Jim Hackett, said on the call.

Ford will provide more details on how the alliance affects Ford’s regional operations in coming weeks, but does not expect any job cuts in its plants as a result of the alliance, he said.

Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pickups for both companies, Volkswagen said. Ford officials said the VW pickups will initially be available only in the South American, European and African markets.


Ford will also engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers, while Volkswagen will develop and build a city van. Vans could be built in Ford’s plant in Turkey, VW said.

The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pretax operating results starting in 2023.

Ford and VW have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop electric and self-driving vehicles, Diess said. Both executives said they were optimistic those deals would be finalized but provided no timeline.

Sources previously said the framework of such a deal would include VW investing in Ford’s autonomous vehicle operations, including its Argo AI business.

The President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Jim Hackett, poses with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Klayman
VW shares were up 0.7 percent at 145.08 euros in Frankfurt on Tuesday. Ford shares were down 2.7 percent at $8.75 on the New York Stock Exchange in late morning.

“Automakers aren’t just competing with each other anymore, they’re under intense pressure from well-funded tech companies,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds.

“Cutting costs by sharing vehicle architectures and manufacturing facilities is just table stakes in this new world,” she added.


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U.S. AND CHINA SLOWDOWNS

Europe’s biggest automaker and the No. 2 U.S. automaker have been exploring closer cooperation as trade frictions force carmakers to rethink where they build vehicles for Europe, the United States and China. Slowdowns in the world’s largest auto markets - China and the United States - have ratcheted up the pressure to cut costs.

The tie-up with Volkswagen is a big bet for Ford’s Hackett since he took over in May 2017 from the ousted Mark Fields with the mandate to speed up decision-making and cut costs. Some analysts and investors have been frustrated by Ford’s laggard stock price and a perceived lack of details from Hackett about the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s $11 billion restructuring.

The two companies previously shared vehicle development and assembly in South America in a joint venture called Autolatina, which was dissolved in 1995.

Last week, Ford said it would cut thousands of jobs, discontinue building money-losing vehicles and look at closing plants as part of a turnaround effort for its unprofitable European business. Ford’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, said on the conference call that the company will do “whatever it takes” to get Europe back to profitability.

Hackett also reiterated that Ford, which is controlled by the Ford family, remains committed to the dividend, which some investors have speculated could be at risk.

Last month, Volkswagen announced another 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) of cost cuts as part of its effort to improve profit margins and fund its shift to electric cars and automated driving.

On Monday, Volkswagen said it would invest $800 million to build an electric vehicle plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to congratulate the city and state in a post on Twitter the following day.

But the White House has been pushing to end subsidies on electric vehicles that would help the plant and the alliance.

Reporting by Ben Klayman, Jan Schwartz, David Shepardson and Nick Carey in Detroit; Additional reporting by Makini Brice in Washington; Writing by Nick Zieminski; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Matthew Lewis

Ford e Vw hanno annunciato i primi dettagli della loro alleanza. A partire dal 2022 Ford produrrà per Vw un pick up medio (l’erede del Ranger) destinato a Sud America, Africa ed Europa. La casa americana svilupperà e produrrà i prossimi Transit e Transporter. Vw invece creerà per entrambi i marchi un piccolo veicolo commerciale (l’erede del Cadddy). Vw e Ford hanno fatto capire che nei prossimi mesi ci saranno nuovi accordi riguardanti la guida autonoma (Vw dovrebbe investire nella divisione Argo di Ford) e lo sviluppo di veicoli elettrici (Vw produrrebbe per Ford compatte a propulsione elettrica).


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MessaggioInviato: mer feb 13, 2019 5:28 pm 
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warned of dire consequences for U.K. factories employing more than 7,000 people if British politicians fail to agree on a plan to avert a no-deal split from the European Union.

While cautioning that it has yet to reach any decision, the U.S. auto giant said a hard Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the U.K. auto industry and its own production facilities in a statement Wednesday.

“We have long urged the U.K. government and parliament to work together to avoid the country leaving the EU on a no-deal-, hard Brexit-basis,” the Dearborn, Michigan-based carmaker said in the release. “We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business.”

Ford made the comments after Britain’s Times newspaper reported earlier that the manufacturer had used a telephone call with Prime Minister Theresa May to reveal that it had stepped up preparations to move production out of Britain. There’s currently a political impasse around the premier’s plan as she seeks to renegotiate its terms with the EU to win backing from a majority of lawmakers.

Ford employs 13,000 people in Britain, more than half of them at plants in Bridgend, Wales, and Dagenham, near London, which make engines for gasoline- and diesel-engine vehicles respectively.

Office Merger

The company said last month when announcing thousands of job cuts across Europe that it would merge its U.K. head office with a nearby technical center to cut costs, while warning that measures in the event of a no-deal Brexit would be significantly more dramatic.

BMW AG said separately Tuesday that it’s taking Brexit-related decisions “as late as operationally possible” as the clock counts down to the March 29 split without a negotiated settlement in sight. Auto-industry investment in the U.K. dropped 46 percent last year to the lowest since the global financial crisis as other brands with British plants put key decisions on hold.

While carmakers are stockpiling parts to safeguard U.K. output should supply chains be disrupted after a no-deal break, many have also brought forward planned maintenance stops to April to help eke out components at such a critical time. The German company will idle its Oxford Mini plant from April 1.

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s biggest carmaker, said last month it would scrap 4,500 posts in response to a sales slowdown blamed on Brexit, as well as a drop in China sales and slumping diesel demand. PSA Group’s Vauxhall Ellesmere Port site is in doubt as it mulls plans for the next Astra.

In the biggest blow to date, Nissan Motor Co. this month reneged on plans to built the X-Trail sport utility vehicle at the U.K.’s largest car plant in Sunderland, northeast England.

— With assistance by Oliver Sachgau


Giusto per rendere l’atmosfera più rilassata Ford ha dichiarato che in caso di hard Brexit sposterebbe tutta la produzione britannica in Europa (7.000 dipendenti che producono motori e trasmissioni). Airbus, BMW e Nissan si sono esposte pubblicamente contro l’ hard Brexit.


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